I was invited for a cut and colour at FOUR London, a sexy hair salon with a boutique feel on Conduit Street, Mayfair last week and was very, very excited. A hair cut and colour was long, long overdue and I was prepared for the numb bum.
FOUR London is the brainchild of four hair colour specialists, Brooke Bohan, Maleeka Taher, Denise Arnold and Charlie Double. The four of them were trained and worked at Jo Hansford and have over 40 years experience between them.
Charlie, the lady on the far right is the lady who did my hair colour.
As I’m based oop North, I had a chat with Charlie on the phone consultation before my appointment. I remember thinking, really, how much help can a phone call be when discussing hair colour, but Charlie really knows her stuff. I described my hair condition, hair colour, previous dyes etc. and she told me to come in 2 hours earlier as she suspected I’d need to remove some of my old colour.
Super numb bum!
So I arrived at the salon bright and early at 10.00am and it was already relatively full of customers. The salon is gorgeous – I really love it, it’s a little bit dark, no harsh white lights anywhere and feels quite private too. It’s hard to believe that it’s only been open since December 2010.
Charlie comes over – she’s dressed in a pretty dress and has this sparkly glitter on her eyes – I can’t stop looking at it, so I ask her what it is (Barry MGlitter pencil) and then we talk hair. We agreed that my hair was too dark, almost purplish and at first we go down the ‘red’ route.
My hair contains a LOT of red in it and hair colourists almost always either make it more red or make it very dark. Charlie grabs an iPad (slick!) so we can have a look and get some ideas. At first she suggests reds. I scrunch my nose because I feel like it’s my fate to end up with reddish hair even though I don’t like it, so I and am ready to say ‘ok’, but she must be a bit psychic because she says we could also do the brown route. Is that what I’d prefer? Yes please!
There’s a lot of talking and also working through things as we go along – it could turn out like the ombre effect, it might not go as light as we want etc etc…we decide to see how this goes.
My hair at the start. Frizzy hot mess:
I went through quite a few stages!
1. Hair colour remover
2. Non bleach tint to lift the hair colour
3. A toner to remove the orange-ness
4. Roots lifted so there wasn’t too much of a difference between the roots and ends (we decided against the ombre because my hair was actually quite light after the colour remover)
5. Highlights added around the front of the head
(After each of these stages, there’s some time spent under the heat).
The hair was washed (it was washed after each treatment too) then a ‘shine’ treatment was used.
The colour of course took up the bulk of the time.
Then Carly cut my hair. Carly has the most amazing long ombre hair from a medium brown to a light blonde. She is also very sweet. I told her I wanted the frizzy ends off and a tiny hint of a side fringe like the one she had. She noticed how I had quite a big difference in length from my shorter layers to the ends of my hair so encouraged me to grow it so it would even out a bit more in the future.
Within an hour Carly had given me a really nice cut and styled it for me with a bit of a wave.
I was so so so so so so so happy with my hair. The cut, the colour – I didn’t think I’d be able to have light brown hair again for a long time with all the crap I’ve put onto it over the years but it’s perfect. I have actually be admiring my hair, my highlights in the lifts on the way to work every single day.
In total this took 6 hours and let me tell you know with my hand on heart it didn’t fee like 6 hours – more like 3. I was actually in such a rush that I forgot my essential items for when I’m hanging about like a book, a notepad and my Nintendo DS. But I had a constant supply of food, drinks, new magazines (I noticed all their magazines are the newest ones, good attention to detail) to keep me entertained.
Also, they have a good sense of timing in the salon – another reason why it didn’t feel like it was a 6 hour appointment because there was always someone doing something to my hair.
Also remember I needed quite a lot doing to my hair, hence the length of the appointment. The next time lifting the roots and some highlights should be all I need which of course would cut down the time it takes dramatically.
The salon is very luxurious and I can’t recommend it highly enough. HAIR ZEN!
The FOUR London website is here – they also do keratin straightening, extensions, and amazing facials.
Four, 62 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W15 2GB
0207 297 9600 for appointments, prices and consultations.